The Lion King is coming back to Sydney.
The NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris and Thomas Schumacher, the President of Disney Theatrical (via video from Times Square, New York) announced that the show will open at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. At this stage the show is not planning to tour.
The original Australian production of The Lion King played at the Capitol from October 16 2003 until June 26, 2005, playing to 1.35 million people. During that original 21-month Sydney season, the show played to 90% capacity. A Melbourne season at the Regent Theatre followed from July 18, 2005 until June 4, 2006.
Minister Souris has suggested that the production will attract 50,000 visitors from overseas and interstate, generating $36 million in revenue for NSW.
The Lion King, original director Julie Taymor will supervise the new production.